Brandywine Rides Strong Defensive Effort Past York

Madison D'Ambrosio
Madison D'Ambrosio

MEDIA, Pa. – Penn State Brandywine held Penn State York without a made field goal during the third quarter and limited the visitors to just 36 points overall during a 57-36 Penn State University Athletic Conference women's basketball victory on Tuesday night.

The Lions allowed York to shoot only 19 percent from the field overall, while forcing 16 turnovers. Brandywine, which held an opponent under 40 points for the first time since 2015, also held a 53-36 edge on the boards.

Powering the offensive effort were Madison D'Ambrosio (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and Brandi James (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro), who both produced double-doubles and tied for a game high with 17 points. James hauled in 13 boards, while D'Ambrosio sank a trio of three-pointers and snagged 10 rebounds.

D'Ambrosio sparked the offense by connecting on a pair of triples during the final minutes of the first quarter and James gave Brandywine its first lead just before the end of the stanza by driving down the lane for a fast-break layup.

The Lions began to pull away during the second quarter, using a 9-2 spurt at the open to establish a nine-point edge. D'Ambrosio added her third triple of the half at the 1:59 mark to push the lead to 27-17, but Sky Warner sank a jumper to make the margin eight points at the break.

Brandywine held York to 0-11 shooting from the floor in the third quarter and had swelled its lead to 18 points by the time Ashley Wells sank two free throws at the 5:08 mark for York's lone points of the period.

After D'Ambrosio and James combined for the final six points of the third quarter to make the score 42-21, the Lions' lead would not dip below 17 points the remainder of regulation.

Kendra Stanford (Philadelphia, Pa./William Bodine) and Crystal Miller (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) both added seven rebounds, while Nikki Velez (Gloucester, N.J./Gloucester City) collected five boards, four assists and three steals and Chrissy Gledhill (Secane, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) totaled eight points and six boards.

Brandywine (5-3, 2-0 PSUAC) hosts Penn State Scranton Friday night for its special Midnight Madness game. Tip-off is slated for 10:00 PM.